Message from CEO – 16 June 2019
It has been a wonderful week as teachers, leaders, staff, governors and the wider community have worked together to promote and develop the highest quality teaching, learning and leadership.
St Stephen’s Church School were fully immersed in their various topics for Core Values Week.
Some pupils worked on Love poetry…
Love’s a substance that cannot dry out and a life force that cannot be extinct. Not something that cowers within the soul but emerges in a glisten of colours. Love’s an essence within all souls. Love’s like the wind – you can’t see it, but you can feel it.
The focus of Day One was ‘Joy’ – the Joy of being together, being creative, trying new things and laughter.
They rounded off their Core Values Week with Creativity Day. Creativity comes in many forms – from problem solving in maths to cushion design in DT.
Year 6 at Holy Trinity Church School have started their topic on Mayan Civilisation. They have been able to deduce much information about this largely unknown civilisation through investigating rituals and creating their own Mayan masks using a range of materials and techniques.
Marcy in Year 6 entered the Young Writers’ Competition. Her story has been selected to appear in a regional anthology which will be published in August. The winner is yet to be announced.
St Georges Church School Year 2 children visited Bristol Aquarium this week. One of the mums led a sea creature session where the children sorted sea creatures according to whether they are endangered or not; learnt about pollution in our seas and oceans and then painted their own sea creature coasters.
Horsington Church School held a whole school sponsored walk in aid of their chosen charity for this year, The MS Society. They proudly announced a grand total of £1054. Well done Horsington staff and pupils.
At St Mark’s Church School, Year 3 children enjoy adventures at Forest School on a weekly basis. The children explore local areas and develop skills such as teamwork, problem solving, shelter building, bug hunting and wood crafts, finishing the sessions with toasting marshmallows over a fire.
As their school is lucky enough to be on the coastline, when the weather and tide permits, the children can also include a session at Beach School. Last week the children enjoyed creating pictures out of natural items such as seaweed and driftwood and competed in a javelin throwing contest once they had whittled their sticks. They also decorated some pebbles and left some kind messages behind for other people to discover on their walks on the beach.
Ready Steady Go, a nursery in Worle, was recently hit by lightning. Fortunately, nobody was injured, but sadly their premises were destroyed and all of their resources ruined. St Mark’s Church School have welcomed the nursery staff, babies and toddlers on to their site. The generosity of their local community has been overwhelming – cars filled to the brim arrived with donations of cots, prams, high chairs, books and toys. The whole school community has welcomed them with open arms.
There was great excitement at Bathford Church School last week as they hosted the Bath Hub inter-school Reception Sports Event. Their Year 4 children organised the event, planning their own activities that would interest and challenge 4 and 5 year old children. 180 Reception children from other Bath Hub schools attended the event and everyone had a fantastic time. There was tremendous praise for the event and the way it was so efficiently run by their amazing Year 4s.
As part of the whole school ‘Courageous Advocacy’ project the children in years 5 and 6 at Bishops Lydeard Church School took part in a sponsored half mile run for Alzheimer’s Society. Their teacher recently ran the London Marathon in aid of Dementia Revolution so the children decided to each run 1/2 a mile to see how close they could get to that same distance. The final distance the classes covered reached 26.2 miles. Each child who finished had a photo with the London Marathon medal and were awarded a ‘finishers’ certificate.
Freshford Church School held a Charity breakfast in aid of the Turi Micah Project, Kenya. The project was started by Esther Youlten, and provides breakfast for school children at Turi Sulgwita School in Kenya.
Parents were invited to an exhibition named “‘GREEN’ nature poems”. Each child had written about appreciating, celebrating, protecting and loving our planet. Both adults and children enjoyed the delights of a delicious and nutritious vegan charity breakfast organised by Joyce Class parents.
An amazing £222.37 was raised and these funds will provide a daily breakfast for 370 children for one month. This equates overall to an incredible 11,100 breakfasts.
Our pupils many achievements, their growth in mind, body and spirit, are a testament to your commitment and hard work, to the way you work together every day to make our pupils’ learning the best it can be. Thank you all, leaders, teachers and staff, for the many incredible ways you have supported our pupils and their learning across the academic year so far.